After a successful pilot with 14 faculty during the Fall semester, it’s full steam ahead as the newest version of Blackboard Learn is rolling out across campus. After a pretty rocky start to the semester when Bb Learn had some technical issues and strained under a record usage level, the system is now performing well and reliably for our campus, thanks to incredible effort by staff across Information Resources. Over 440 faculty have attended TLP’s workshops, and there are 630 courses being taught in Blackboard Learn this semester involving more than 11,000 students.
If you haven’t had a chance to see what a course looks like or what kind of new features you can look forward to in Blackboard Learn, be sure to watch one of the Spotlight Session videos on YouTube where Chico State faculty demonstrate their favorite aspects of Bb Learn, such as the improved tools for course organization, the Grade Center, and group projects: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/learn/spotlight.shtml. New spotlights are coming up and will be announced soon.
Beyond the improvements mentioned above, more new features and enhancements are coming to Blackboard Learn. On the horizon are an overhauled text editor and better ways to connect Bb Learn and Web 2.0 tools, so stay tuned as Blackboard Learn evolves!